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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
This Just In
Goodness gracious, how my heart sang upon reading the New York Post’s coverage of the recent Kardashian-West nuptials:
If only every news outlet gave it to us this straight and then shut up about it.
I confess, though, that I don’t watch much news, don’t read much news, and don’t really care that I might be perceived as a bit ignorant when topics of conversation turn to current events. Oh, did I mention that I used to work in broadcast news? Quite frankly, the media inundates us from every angle, and I vowed a while back not to give them the satisfaction of my attention. Most of what society perceives as news isn’t really newsworthy at all. It’s time-wasting filler.
Example 1: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that rain has consistently fallen in the Houston area for three days. Parts of the city flood easily. I know not to drive in it. I don’t need round-the-clock coverage. Next.
Example 2: All things Kardashian. Who are these people, and why won’t they and their ilk go away?
Example 3: A man running for office sought treatment for depression thirty years ago. And this affects me how?
And don’t get me started on investigative reports that pop up during a ratings period. If you buy into this propaganda, you’ll come to believe that any and all germs will immediately kill you, your suburb is filled with loose housewives, and that we should all start wearing helmets when walking to and from our cars (dangerous sun rays or angry birds, I’m not sure which one…). I officially proclaim us as a nation of scaredy-cat, star struck drama queens.
Back in my brief days as a journalist, a news director told me that my written copy came off as a little ‘upper crust’. ‘Tone it down. Pretend you’re writing for a seventh grader.’ I don’t know if that old rule still applies, but perhaps it’s one of the reasons our language skills have drastically declined. But that’s an entirely different post that I shall save for another time.
Anyway, Sweeties, I vote we end this madness now. Who’s with me? Stop Klicking (;) on links leading us to the latest in celebrity drivel. Turn off the telly at 6 and 10 PM. Read a book. Listen to an entertaining podcast while you’re driving. Turn on some good music (Dean Martin comes to mind), pour a glass of wine, and find someone interesting to talk to (they may very well live in your house, but you haven’t noticed because you’re too busy pressing your face to a screen absorbing the latest headlines). Call a friend. Sit and stare into space. I don’t really care what you do provided it’s safe and legal. My point is, let’s band together, get real, give our attention where it’s needed, and start enjoying ourselves. It certainly won’t garner a reporter’s attention, but that’s a good thing, don’t you think?